Newborns and hearing - Hearing loss is the most commonly occurring disability in U.S. infants, with a rate of 2 to 3 per 1,000 infants. That translates into as many as 20,000 babies each year. The consequences of late detection are significant and can result in lifelong communication, social, psychological, behavioral and educational problems. In 1993, Rhode Island legislation mandating universal newborn hearing screening took effect, and the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP) based at Women & Infants, became the first public health program of its kind in the U.S. Since that time, RIHAP has screened 99% of Rhode Island's newborn babies (14,000 annually) for hearing loss at its seven hospitals. Specialists from RIHAP can discuss the importance of hearing screening, the actual screening process and what parents can do if a problem is detected.
Why the "witching hour"? - No matter what you call it, every new parent recognizes it. The time from around 5 pm to 9 pm when it seems that your new baby is inconsolable. From rocking, to singing, to driving in the car – new parents go to many lengths to appease their unsettled baby. Specialists from Women & Infants’ Infant Development Center can provide insight into why this time of day tends to be difficult for babies, and what new parents can do about it.
Alternative therapies in cancer treatment – At Women & Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology, we always ask one question, “Can we do more?”. And in answering that question, we have found that a number of alternative treatments are helping cancer patients. Therapies such as foot and body massage, reiki, acupuncture and more are now being used to ease the effects of cancer treatments and, in some cases, to simply “enhance the moment.” Specialists from the Program in Women’s Oncology can talk about why these programs are working hand-in-hand with more traditional medical treatments for their cancer patients.
Treatment now available for lymphodema – Patients suffering from lymphodema (excessive swelling) – either from an accident, as a side effect of treating another ailment, or due to a compromised lymphatic system – know that it can seriously compromise their quality of life and can become a major health issue. As part of its Alternative Therapies Program, specialists in Women & Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology now provide treatment for lymphodema. The light pumping and pushing technique moves the fluid and often shows results after one or two treatments in patients with mild cases. Specialists from Women & Infants, as well as patients, can answer questions about lymphodema and the benefits of this treatment.
Learning about the risks of ovarian cancer– Many women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms – or vague symptoms – until the disease is advanced. However, if ovarian cancer is found early, the chances of survival improve dramatically. Currently, there are no effective screening tests to detect ovarian cancer at its earliest stages. The results is that more women with ovarian cancer are being diagnosed once the disease has progressed. Women & Infants has initiated the Ovarian Cancer Low Risk Clinical Trial to determine if the CA125 blood test can help detect ovarian cancer at its earliest stages in postmenopausal women. Dr. Richard Moore, the principal investigator in the study, is available to speak, as is a patient currently enrolled in this new study.
Moms helping moms - Experienced mothers can appreciate the highs and lows of parenting a new baby. They understand the excitement, but also how exhausting, lonely and sometimes frightening the first few months can feel. That’s why Women & Infants Hospital offers the Mom to Mom Program to mothers of newborns who may need some assistance and guidance during the challenging first year of motherhood. In building a supportive, trusting relationship with a new mother, volunteer moms can help a new mother develop competence and confidence in herself as a mother and as a person. We have a wonderful “mom to mom” pair who would be willing to speak with the media about the benefits of this program.
Breastfeeding may be easier with the second child – Researchers have found that most mothers produce more milk with their second child than they did with their first, making it easier for them to breastfeed and to continue breastfeeding for longer periods. Lactation consultants from Women & Infants are available to offer practical advice for breastfeeding moms, as well as answer questions about increasing milk supply and improving your chances of succeeding at breastfeeding.
Eating for two – The old saying “you’re eating for two” really is true for pregnant women. But what a pregnant woman puts into her mouth is far more important than how much she actually eats. Nutritionists from Women & Infants can offer information about the most important foods that a pregnant woman needs to incorporate into her diet and why those foods are so important for mom’s – and baby’s – health.
What is pre-eclampsia? - Pre-eclampsia is a poorly understood condition that happens only during pregnancy. And although there may be no symptoms at all for many weeks, with the proper prenatal care it can be detected early, to prevent potentially life-threatening problems for both mother and baby. Obstetric medicine specialists from Women & Infants can answer questions about pre-eclampsia, including signs and symptoms, treatment options and risk factors.
Pregnancy and chiropractic care – Almost any pregnant woman knows – lower back pain can be debilitating. And it often results in a myriad of problems for the mother, including an inability to rest, inability to exercise, missed work days and altered mood – all of which can have an adverse affect on the pregnancy and delivery. Chiropractors from Women & Infants can discuss the safety of chiropractic care during pregnancy, as well as how chiropractic can sometimes lead to easier, less painful labor and delivery.
Women with medical conditions can go on to a safe pregnancy and delivery – Pregnancy can be a difficult enough experience for a woman – challenging both emotionally and physically. But for women dealing with other medical conditions – whether it is lupus, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or something else – the challenges can seem overwhelming and, often, insurmountable. Specialists from Women & Infants’ Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine can answer questions about the safety of pregnancy for women with other medical conditions, how to cope with the physical challenges of pregnancy, and what medications used to treat medical conditions are safe during pregnancy.
FOX (Fetal Pulse Oximetry) Study allows closer monitoring of babies during labor – Women & Infants is participating in a National Institutes for Child Health and Human Development study investigating a new type of monitor that may give health care providers more – and better – information about how well a baby is doing during labor. The FOX Study is trying to determine if using a new, FDA-approved type of fetal monitoring – fetal pulse oximetry – along with traditional fetal monitoring, can reduce the rate of cesarean sections, particularly in first deliveries. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Women & Infants can discuss the importance of fetal monitoring and new technology that is providing more information.
“But will it work for me?” – That’s the first question that most couples ask when facing the possibility of in vitro fertilization (IVF). One of the first steps in finding out if IVF may work for you is a simple blood test, called Inhibin B. Specialists from Women & Infants’ Division of Prenatal and Special Testing and also from the Division of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility can provide insight into this new test, answering questions about accuracy and what it may mean for couples facing infertility.
Are your bones as strong as you think? – When thinking about nutritional intake, women need to take into consideration the calcium that they need at various stages in their life – the teen years, pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, menopause and post-menopause. Nutritionists from Women & Infants can address the differing needs of these different age groups, as well as how to get enough calcium in your diet.
Women and constipation – Many women suffer silently, questioning why this problem afflicts them and not knowing what they can to do help themselves. Whether it’s the hormones or something else, women seem to suffer from constipation more than men. Specialists from Women & Infants’ Division of Women’s Digestive Disorders can help to answer questions about women and constipation, and they can also provide information about when to seek additional medical assistance.